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Giostra del Saracino – August

Saturday 27th August, special edition of the Giostra del Saracino, one of the most fascinating folkloristic events in Italy.

27 Aug 2016 Tuscany -Arezzo  Folklore
Giostra del Saracino - Buratto
Buratto

Saturday 27th August 2016 the city of Arezzo, in occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, hosts a special edition of Giostra del Saracino, one of the most fascinating folkloristic events in Italy.

Giostra del Saracino is a Medieval reenactment, featuring a rich and exciting scenery. The event takes place in Piazza Grande and involves the participation of the four neighborhoods of Arezzo. The oldest record of a Medieval tournament in Piazza Grande dates back to 1260, hold for the investiture of Ildebrandino Giratasca.

Started again in 1931, the modern joust involves a knight riding his horse while holding a lance in his hand. His goal is to hit the shield of Buratto (a puppet symbolizing the “King of the Indies”) without being hit by the mezzafusto, a Medieval weapon hold by the Buratto in its right hand.

The choreography of the Historical Parade takes place just before the tournament and includes 33 clarions, 11 drums, 1 portalabaro, 2 lucchi, as well as 39 sbandieratori (flag throwers) holding the 39 flags of the municipalities of the province of Arezzo and over 300 extras wearing Medieval costumes.

PROGRAM (August edition) >>>

 

CONTACTS
Istituzione Giostra del Saracino
Ufficio Turismo, Giostra del Saracino e Folklore
Via della Bicchieraia, 26 – 52100 Arezzo
Phone. (+39) 0575/377462-3
Email: giostradelsaracino@comune.arezzo.it

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